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Alan Bergman (born September 11, 1925) is an American lyricist and songwriter.
Life & career [ edit ]
Jewish parents in [1 ] Brooklyn, New York, he studied at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UCLA. His involvement in the entertainment industry began in the early 1950s as a director of children's television shows. He and his wife Marilyn Bergman, whom he married in 1958, were born in the same hospital and raised in the same Brooklyn neighborhood, but did not meet until each had relocated to Los Angeles. Together they have written the music and lyrics for numerous television shows, films, and stage musicals.
In 1983, the couple became the first songwriters ever to have written three of the five tunes nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song - "
How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" from Best Friends, " It Might Be You" from (with Tootsie Dave Grusin), and "If We Were in Love" from Yes, Giorgio (with John Williams); " Up Where We Belong" from " An Officer and a Gentleman" won that year.They also wrote the popular theme song for the hit Norman Lear television series And Then There's Maude . Maude
Bergman was inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1980 and in 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the board of Barbra Streisand's charitable foundation. In 2011, he was presented with a Distinguished Alumnus award from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was initiated as a member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity at UNC in 1943.
Bergman's and his wife's credits include:
Yellow Bird”, written for a new arrangement of the original creole song “Choucoune” by Norman Luboff (Norman Luboff Choir, Calypso Holiday, 1957) “
Something More!”, a musical with music by Sammy Fain (1964) Title song for the film
with music by Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Johnny Mandel (1973) Lyrics and music for the
Broadway musical (1978) Ballroom “
You Don't Bring Me Flowers”, expanded by Neil Diamond ( I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight, 1977), then sung by Barbra Streisand as part of a duet with Diamond ( , 1978). Songbird “Never Say Never Again” from the
James Bond film of the same name (1983) Theme songs for the television series
, The Sandy Duncan Show , Maude Good Times, Bracken's World (with David Rose) Lyrics for “Moonlight”, featured in the film
(1995) Sabrina Lyrics for “I Knew I Loved You”, a composition by
Ennio Morricone, recorded by Céline Dion with producer Quincy Jones for the tribute album (2007) We All Love Ennio Morricone
With music by
With music by
In 2007, Bergman released his first album as a vocalist,
, featuring some of the Bergmans' best known lyrics. Lyrically, Alan Bergman Barbra Streisand's 2011 album was recorded in tribute to the Bergmans. What Matters Most
Bergman's talents can be seen on the podcast
The Quincy Jones Show.
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